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2020 Kia Forte

Original MSRP Range
$17,790--$22,890
Available Style(s)
Sedan
MPG
27--30 MPG City / 37--40 MPG Hwy
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2020 Kia Forte

What We Like

  • Quick steering

  • Good value

  • Great warranty

  • Standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

  • Ventilated seats available on upper trims

  • Exciting turbocharged GT model

What We Don't

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.5/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.6/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2020 Kia Forte?

Sporty new GT variants have been added to the Forte's model range for 2020. These include the GT with a more powerful turbocharged engine and a sporty appearance package inside and out and the GT Line, which keeps the base engine but adopts the styling cues of the GT. Also, the S trim has been dropped for 2020. See the 2020 Kia Forte models for sale near you

Which Forte is the Best?

If you're looking for a simple, affordable and economical compact car, the Forte is a great option. Thanks to its recent redesign, the Forte offers sleek, modern styling and should feel new for years to come. It also offers all of the safety features buyers want in a modern vehicle. Its base powertrain is competent, if a little uninspired, and the inclusion of standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay should be seen is a plus. We're excited about the all-new GT model, which looks great and is satisfying to drive while still being quite affordable. Altogether, the Forte is competitive and is worth a test drive in your search for a new compact sedan. Find a Kia Forte for sale

How Much Does a 2020 Kia Forte Cost?

The FE ($17,790) is the base model Forte and offers good standard features including an array of driver-assistance safety tech including forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking and a driver attention and drowsiness monitor. You also get air conditioning, cruise control, and an 8.0-in infotainment screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard, although the CVT found on other trims is available as a $900 option. Bluetooth connectivity and a 4-speaker audio system are also included.

The Forte LXS ($19,190) adds features starting with a standard CVT. Selectable drive modes and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat are also included. The LXS also gains some additional styling elements not present on the base model, offering 16-in alloy wheels, a chrome exhaust tip, and gloss black bumper and grille accents.

Upgrade to the new Forte GT-Line ($20,390) and you get a few more features plus a sporty appearance package inspired by the higher-performance GT model. This includes a sport grille and side sills, black gloss exterior accents, a rear spoiler, 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, LED daytime running lights and taillights, sport seats and a flat-bottom steering wheel both with contrast stitching, and a leather-wrapped shifter. Other features of the GT-Line include 6-speaker audio, perimeter approach lighting, a rear center armrest with cup holders, auto-up/down driver's window, blind-spot collision warning, lane-change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and push-button start.

If you want a little extra luxury in the GT-Line model, you can get the GT-Line Premium Package ($1,500) which adds a power sunroof, SiriusXM, Harman Kardon premium audio, two USB ports, wireless charging, dual illuminated vanity mirrors, and LED interior lighting.

The well-appointed Forte EX ($21,990) loses the GT-Line's appearance package and gains a 10-way power driver's seat with lumbar support, leatherette seating, heated and ventilated front seats, rear A/C vents, two USB ports, dual-zone automatic climate control, SiriusXM, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and some tasteful chrome exterior trim.

Finally, there's the all-new Forte GT ($22,290), which ups the performance with the aforementioned turbocharged engine and a standard DCT automatic transmission or an available 6-speed manual for an extra $600. Other performance upgrades include fully independent front and rear suspension plus bigger front disc brakes and thicker sway bars. The GT obviously has the sporty appearance package you just read about on the GT-Line trim plus several other features including a high-flow active dual-exit exhaust with chrome finishers, LED auto-leveling headlights, high beam assist, red stitching in the flat-bottom steering wheel and sport seats, GT ambient lighting, and GT-specific 18-in 2-tone alloy wheels.

If you want the sportiest and nicest Kia Forte ever built, you can upgrade to the GT2 package ($2,200), which is an option on the Forte GT with the DCT, but not the manual. GT2 adds Harman Kardon premium audio, a power sunroof, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-change assist, blind-spot warning, forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, rear parking sensors, heated and ventilated front seats, wireless charging, a front center sliding armrest, and LED interior lighting.

Also optional on the GT with either transmission is Michelin Pilot Sport 4 summer tires for an extra $200.

Forte Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Forte EX IVT$21,990 / $21,0014 Cylinder14730 / 40Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Forte FE IVT$18,690 / $18,0354 Cylinder14730 / 406-Speed Manual / Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Forte FE Manual$17,790 / $17,1684 Cylinder147N/A6-Speed Manual / Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Forte GT DCT$22,290 / $21,2864 Cylinder Turbo201N/A6-Speed Manual / Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Forte GT Manual$22,890 / $21,8594 Cylinder Turbo201N/A6-Speed Manual / Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Forte GT-Line IVT$20,390 / $19,4734 Cylinder14730 / 40Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Forte LXS IVT$19,190 / $18,5194 Cylinder14730 / 40Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Safety

Is the 2020 Kia Forte a Safe Car?

The 2020 Kia Forte received top scores in nearly every category of Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash testing, earning it a Top Safety Pick+ designation, the highest award. Every new Forte also comes with an array of standard driver-assistance safety features, including forward-collision warning, forward-collision avoidance, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist and driver attention monitoring. Adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring with collision warning, and rear cross-traffic alert are added once you move up in trim levels.

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Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic5 Years/60,000 Miles
Drivetrain10 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance5 Years/60,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Paint Protection Pkg
  • Premium Pkg
  • Automatic Climate Control Pkg

Competition

2020 Kia Forte vs the competition

2020 Hyundai Elantra -- The Forte's corporate cousin, the Elantra, was last all-new for the 2017 model year and received a refresh in 2019. Available powertrains are similar to the Forte including the 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder.

2020 Toyota Corolla -- The Toyota Corolla is all-new for 2020 and offers a litany of standard active safety features along with Apple CarPlay, although Android Auto is still unavailable. The Corolla also offers an affordable Hybrid variant that returns 52 mpg in combined driving.

2020 Honda Civic -- Honda durability and resale value are enticing, as are the Civic's advantages with regard to power, acceleration and fuel economy. The Civic also offers sporty coupe and practical hatchback body styles.

2020 Kia Soul -- If you like the idea of the Forte, but would rather have it in the form of a funky hatchback, that's basically what the Kia Soul is. The Soul is all-new for 2020 and it has the exact same engine options as the 2020 Forte, but you can't get the turbo engine mated to a manual transmission in a Soul.

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